RNLA Webinar: Freedom in Education

RNLA Virtual Webinar

Freedom in Education

David Lat
Founder, Above the Law & Original Jurisdiction
Jonathan Butcher
Will Skillman Fellow in Education, The Heritage Foundation

Friday, March 31st
2:00 p.m. ET

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Join RNLA for a live webinar this Friday as we explore issues at the intersection of education, politics, and parental rights. Our program will also address recent events including school choice legislation championed by Republican states and threats to freedom of speech on law school campuses.


David Lat is a lawyer turned writer. He publishes Original Jurisdiction, a newsletter on Substack about law and legal affairs, and he writes for newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

Prior to launching Original Jurisdiction, David founded Above the Law (“ATL”), one of the nation’s largest legal news websites, which reaches more than 1.5 million unique visitors a month. He served as managing editor from ATL from 2006 to 2017.

Before entering the media world, David worked as a federal prosecutor in Newark, New Jersey; a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, in New York; and a law clerk to Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. David graduated from Regis High School, where he participated actively in speech and debate and was a national champion in extemporaneous speaking; Harvard College, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, where he wrote an opinion column for the Harvard Crimson; and Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal and was a finalist in the Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals competition.

Jonathan Butcher is the Will Skillman Fellow in Education at The Heritage Foundation. He is the author of Splintered: Critical Race Theory and the Progressive War on Truth (Bombardier Books, April 2022). He co-edited and wrote chapters in The Critical Classroom (The Heritage Foundation, 2022), discussing the racial prejudice that comes from the application of critical race theory in K-12 schools. In 2021, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster nominated Jonathan to serve on the board of the South Carolina Public Charter School District, a statewide charter school authorizer. He has researched and testified on education policy around the U.S. Jonathan co-edited and wrote chapters in the book The Not-So-Great Society, which provides conservative solutions to the problems created by the ever-expanding federal footprint in preschool, K-12, and higher education.

Jonathan previously served as the education director at the Goldwater Institute, where he remains a senior fellow. He was a member of the Arizona Department of Education’s first Steering Committee for Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, the nation’s first education savings account program. He is also a Senior Fellow with The Beacon Center of Tennessee, a nonpartisan research organization, and a contributing scholar for the Georgia Center for Opportunity.

Jonathan holds a B.A. in English from Furman University and an M.A. in economics from the University of Arkansas.

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March 31, 2023 at 2:00pm - 2:30pm